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2020 Côte-Rôtie

Lionel Faury
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The fruit in Lionel’s elegant Côte-Rôtie is higher-toned than in the earthier, spicier Saint Joseph, and the finish, with the wine’s velvet tannins, is slightly longer. This is the result of the Côte’s steeper slopes and schist soils, as well as a splash of Viognier, which is co-planted and co-fermented with the Syrah. Still, like with the Saint Joseph Vieilles Vignes, you’ll get those irresistible notes of black olive, succulent black cherries, and spices.

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
Appellation: Côte Rôtie
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Lionel Faury
Winemaker: Lionel Faury
Vineyard: Planted between 1993 and 2008, 1.7 ha
Soil: Schist, Clay
Aging: Aged for 18 months in oak demi-muids (600-L) and barrels (220-L), of which 30% are new
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14%

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174